We want to talk about a serious car crash that happened recently on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. On March 16, a 76-year-old man from Pittsburgh was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of the turnpike when he ran head-on into a vehicle driven by a 36-year-old Ohio man.
“If you can imagine two vehicles traveling at 70 mph and colliding head-on, it would be like a single vehicle running into a concrete wall at 140 mph,” said Chief Alan DeSanzo of the Homewood Volunteer Fire Department.
At the SMT Legal, we know that there are dangers on the roadway. If you need a car accident attorney Pittsburgh, call us today so we can work on securing the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses.
What Can Happen?
The crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike happened at the 8-mile marker and the drivers of both vehicles died at the scene. A 40-year old woman and a 4-year-old boy were also hospitalized. Police say that the man driving the wrong way had been doing so for about eight miles before the accident happened.
The crash is still under investigation and authorities want to know how the driver ended up going the wrong way.
We know that, for the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, there were 128,188 vehicle crashes reported. Out of those crashes, there were:
- 1,137 fatalities
- 80,612 injuries
While most vehicle crash injuries are minor, there are still thousands in which victims suffer from severe injuries that can leave lasting damage. It is not uncommon for us to represent crash victims with the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe lacerations
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Major internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
Emergency procedures to save lives for these injuries can easily reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Long-term is often needed and sometimes, these victims are permanently disabled. This leads to hidden costs that many people do not think of when it comes to crashes:
- Victims’ pain and suffering
- The lost income of the victim and/or their family caregiver
- Home and vehicle accommodations if needed
- Pain and suffering/emotional and psychological damages
Most of these expenses are not considered by insurance companies as they rush to make a settlement. It is absolutely vital that crash victims who are not at fault, seek help from a qualified attorney.
How We Can Help
The aftermath of a car crash can be chaotic, especially when you are trying to get compensation from the insurance companies. When someone else’s negligence has caused you harm, you should not have to worry about your finances. Unfortunately, we know that is not how it works. At SMT Legal, we will work with the insurance companies and other parties to secure compensation for:
- Your medical bills
- Income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages